Dr. Rana Muhammad Asad Khan


Dr. Rana Muhammad Asad Khan

Assistant Professor


Dr. Rana Muhammad Asad Khan: is a graduate of Mining Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. After completing his Bachelor’s, he served as Lecturer at the same educational institution for a period of one year. Simultaneously he started Master’s in Mining Engineering. In his master’s dissertation he worked on the “Up-gradation of Carbonaceous Shale using physical cleaning methods for the extraction of Coal”. He proved himself to be a detailed and capable research fellow having more than 12 years of experience in the field of Mining Engineering, ranging from Academia, Field, Research and Development.

He gained practical experience of drilling & blasting and transportation at mining section of a cement factory while serving as Trainee Engineer. Soon, he joined Nelum Jhelum Hydropower Project as Junior Engineer-Tunnels and Underground Structures. During his service he was promoted to Assistant Residence Engineer (ARE-Tunnels and Underground Structures). In total, he gained three years of experience including Tunnel Excavation by Drill and Blast, Rock Mass Classification, and Tunnel Support design. He along with his team successfully reduced Tunnel Support according to site conditions and satisfactorily convinced design team.
In 2014, he secured a national scholarship for pursuing his master’s leading to Ph.D. in Smart Mines and Underground Structures from Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea. After completing his Ph.D, he came back to Pakistan and joined University of Lahore, as Assistant Professor. Where he served more than one and half year. Previously, he served National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad. Recently, Dr. Khan joined Pak-Austria Fachhoschule: Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology, Mang, Hairpur, KP.
He has versatile extensive experience of research, teaching, field, and developmental projects. He worked in and reported at field project: hydropower (tunnels, slope, and geology) and cement factory (Surface hard rock and soft clay mining, managing mining transport), as well as at research projects: Internet-of-Things (IoT) based remote monitoring of underground structures (Mines, Tunnels, and Cravens), utilization of 3D printing concrete for mines support and Tunnels Lining, and Robust Construction Safety System (RCSS) for ensuring safety from working machinery at mining sites. Highly motivated about innovative field developments, research and teaching in Mining Engineering. Currently, he is involved in the adoption of Blockchain technology in the fields of Mining and Civil Engineering. He has published twelve (12) ISI index impact factor papers and has presented at five (05) international conferences. Moreover, he is actively involve in research projects as PI as well as Co-PI.

Professional Appointments

  • Assistant Professor – Pak-Austria Fachhochschule Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology [March 2022 – present]
  • Assistant Professor – National University of Sciences and Technology [November 2021 – March 2022]
  • Assistant Professor – The University of Lahore [March 2019 – October 2021]
  • Assistant Resident Engineer/Junior Engineer – Nelum Jhelum Hydropower Project, AJK Pakistan. [January 2011 – January 2014]
  • Trainee Engineer – BestWay Cement Factory, Chakwal, Pakistan. [August 2010 – January 2011]


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering – Hanyang University, Seoul – South Korea
  • MS: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geotech – Hanyang University, – Seoul, South Korea
  • MS: Mining Engineering, – University of Engineering and Technology, – Lahore, Pakistan
  • BS: Mining Engineering, – University of Engineering and Technology, – Lahore, Pakistan


  • "Properties of Chemically Synthesized Nano-geopolymer Cement based Self-Compacting Geopolymer Concrete (SCGC)." Journal of Wuhan University of Technology-Mater. Sci. Ed. 34.1 (2019): 98-106.
  • “A Fiber Bragg Grating-based Condition Monitoring and Early Damage Detection System for Structural Safety of Underground Coal Mines Using Internet-of-Things: A case Study” Journal of Sensors (2018), 9301873.
  • “Hybrid Blockchain and Internet-of-Things Network for Underground Structure Health Monitoring” Sensors 2018, 18, 4268.
  • “Arduino-based Intelligent gases monitoring and information sharing Internet-of-Things system for underground coal mines” Journal of ambient intelligence and smart environment 11 (2019) 183-194
  • "An Internet of Things System for Underground Mine Air Quality Pollutant Prediction Based on Azure Machine Learning." Sensors 18.4 (2018): 930

Awards & Prizes

  • Approved Ph.D Supervisor (2019-2022) for engineering and technology awarded by Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan.
  • Recipient of gold medal awarded by PUNJMIN for undergraduate academic performance in the subject of mine machinery design
  • I was awarded twice for merit scholarships for first positions

Research Interests

Research Interests100%
Mine Geotechnics100%
Underground Structures100%
Structural Health monitoring100%
wireless sensor networks100%
internet of things100%
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